Electric Violinist: Playing along with DJs like world-renowned DJ Said Mrad of 1001 Nights Fame – Shot live with a hand held HD camera at the famous Toronto landmark Casa Loma. In the castles conservatory where a beautiful natural echo sounds wonderfully all around the room. This is an electric violin performance playing along with is his re-mix of the Arabic singer Umm Kulthum’s song Alf Leila w Leila.
It was my great pleasure to have played along with Said himself in 2005 in Dubai at the Grand Hyatt Hotel for an event showcasing his album 1001 Nights. An evening filled with celebrities from all over the Middle East. Said continues to have a very successful career and in fact played at the wedding of George Clooney and his bride Amal just last year.
My time in Dubai was filled with many great memories and this was among my personal favourites. I still love playing all styles of music and Arabic is one that brings out the challenges of playing and performing.
Playing along side of DJs for weddings and other events has always been fun as it’s exciting to improvise along with the mixes in all styles. I know some DJs see the violin player coming over and think “ah oh, this is going to be difficult” But I try to make it easy for them with simple connections into their sound desks and gear so all they have to do is turn me up and away we go! Often clients like a special song or moment in the event where the DJ and musician can sparkle together so I do my best to make that a nice moment for all.